'Ezenwa, Uzoho & others need confidence', says Ike Shoronmu

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The Super Eagles will be without their top shot-stoppers in Russia and the 50-year-old has urged that the available hands be trusted

While Nigeria will be missing experienced hands in mould of former captain Vincent Enyeama and Carl Ikeme in Russia, former team goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu highlights the need to trust the country's representatives at the global tournament.

On Monday, coach Gernot Rohr announced his 30-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup, with Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi and Francis Uzoho the four shot-stoppers named.

Enyeama - who endured a torrid time at Lille this season - is yet to rescind his retirement decision while first-choice Ikeme is still recovering from Leukaemia.

However, the former Besiktas man believes, if given confidence, the available goalies 'can get the job done'.

“We have to give the goalkeepers on ground confidence that they can do it,” Shorunmu told Goal.

“We too we started from somewhere and they have started from somewhere I wish them all the best to perform well for the country.

“Ikeme is out of it and Vincent says he has retired, so we have to manage what we have.

“We have to give them the confidence and belief that they can get the job done.

“We have to have the belief and the confidence in our team and appreciate them. If we all rally round the team, they will make us proud.”

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As part of the preparation for the tournament, Gernot Rohr’s men will try Atletico Madrid for size on May 22 before meeting with DR Congo six days later at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.

They round up with ties against England and Czech Republic on June 2 and June 6 respectively.

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In Russia, they will be looking to manoeuvre their way past Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Group D.